Trump adviser says military option not preferred for NKorea

North Korea has launched dozens of missiles under Kim Jong Un's leadership to accelerate a weapons programme created to give it the ability to target the United States with a powerful, nuclear-tipped missile.

The US president was speaking after North Korea launched a ballistic missile that flew over Japan, its 15th missile test this year. "For those who have said, and been commenting about a lack of an military option, there is a military option".

Haley repeatedly said the latest package of North Korea sanctions unanimously passed by the Security Council is significant, calling it a "massive sanctions package".

Hours later, President Donald Trump said the same thing during a speech at Joint Base Andrews, saying USA military options are "both overwhelming and effective", and called out North Korea's "utter contempt for its neighbors and the global community".

But she said there's only so much the U.N. Security Council can do "when you cut 90 percent of the trade and 30 percent of the oil". He calls on all nations to enforce them and do everything they can to address the threat and prevent war.

This AP file photo shows U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. "The members of the Security Council strongly condemned these launches, condemned further North Korea for its outrageous actions, and demanded that North Korea immediately cease all such actions", the Security Council said in a statement after an emergency meeting.

But he said that while the United States did have a "military option", it was not the preferred route, adding that the United States is keen to work with allies on measures "short of war". "So, having said that, I have no problem with kicking it to [Defense Secretary James] Mattis because I think he has plenty of options".

  • Rogelio Becker